Rev. Susan Hendershot

President of Interfaith Power & Light

Rev. Susan Hendershot



A trailblazer in the environmental movement, Rev. Susan Hendershot leads the U.S.-based NGO Interfaith Power & Light, an organization with a mission to inspire and mobilize people of faith and conscience to take bold and just action on climate change. With over three decades of nonprofit experience, Rev. Hendershot has received recognition for her inspiring leadership. She believes climate change is a moral issue, disproportionately impacting those who are most vulnerable in our world.

As a well-known thought leader on climate change, Rev. Hendershot serves as the primary spokesperson for the organization. Her writing has appeared in Sojourners, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, Religion News Service, The Hill, Common Dreams, and Newsweek. She has been a featured speaker for the World Resources Institute, the World Economic Forum, Religions for Peace, USA, the Parliament of the World’s Religions, the Temple of Understanding, the American Meteorological Society, Citizens Climate Lobby, the Interfaith Coalition Conference for Global Citizens in South Korea, as well as for many faith communities and denominational gatherings. 

Rev. Hendershot’s other experience includes serving as a member of the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council, the Steering Committee of the National Environmental Network (U.S.), the Mosaic Governance Assembly, and a member of the Climate Action Task Force of the Parliament of the World’s Religions. She has been accredited to attend the UNFCCC COP since COP25 in Madrid, and was a speaker at the Faith Pavilion at COP28, as well as an attendee at the Interfaith Religious Leaders’ Summit in Abu Dhabi ahead of COP28. Rev. Hendershot regularly speaks to U.S. policymakers on the need for stronger climate policies and is known for her political savvy and for building coalitions and partnerships between faith-based, secular, and academic institutions. 

Before her role with IPL, Rev. Hendershot led faith-based nonprofit organizations, including serving as the Executive Director of Iowa Interfaith Power & Light, and as the first Heartland Field Organizer for the ONE Campaign on global poverty. Rev. Hendershot is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and served as a pastor in local congregations, focusing on social justice.

Rev. Hendershot attended Bethany College in West Virginia, where she graduated with honors with a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies. Rev. Hendershot went on to graduate school at Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where she received her Master of Divinity degree from Candler School of Theology.

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President of Interfaith Power & Light, Rev. Susan Hendershot, appointed to White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council

President of Interfaith Power & Light, Rev. Susan Hendershot, appointed to White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council

News Release Washington DC - The Administration has just announced the appointment of 12 new members to the White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council (WHEJAC); among the new appointments is Rev. Susan Hendershot, president of Interfaith Power & Light....

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